Immigration Controls: Offenders

Home Office written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of foreign national offenders from an EU-27 member state have been prevented from entering the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Border Force prevents travel of known terrorists and serious criminals prior to their arrival in the UK with the use of API and PNR data received from carriers. Through advanced analysis of data and intelligence Border Force devises electronic rules to target persons of interest that can be shared with Border 5 partners and other government departments overseas, to secure borders not only in the country of potential risk, but globally to mitigate any threat.

One of Border Force’s priorities is the management of the Pre-Departure Checks Scheme (PDCS) which is designed to deny boarding to high risk in-dividuals identified by the Security Services and Home Office Special Cases Directorate.

The Authority to Carry Scheme has been in operation since 2015; this ena-bles Border Force to offload a passenger pre-departure, including those passengers that have Exclusion Orders, Deportation Orders or travelling on an invalid document.

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